is an online literary journal for computational poetry and literary art published twice yearly by Bad Quarto
Each issue is edited by a collective. Editing and production is done in coordination with The Trope Tank at MIT, a laboratory directed by Bad Quarto proprietor and publisher Nick Montfort. Taper
is not officially associated with MIT or hosted on an MIT server, however.
For the fifth issue, the editorial collective consisted of Kyle Booten
, Angela Chang
, Leonardo Flores
, Judy Heflin
, and Milton Läufer
. A constraint was established: the core part of each poem—the HTML on the page after the header—could be no more than a tiny 2KB (2048 bytes). Members of the editorial collective recused themselves from discussion of their own submissions. The collective works independently of the publisher to make selections. We thank Sebastian Bartlett for his help in managing the template.
The work in this fifth issue is written in HTML5, using ES6. It has been tested and found to work properly on current Firefox and Chrome/Chromium browsers across current platforms, as well as on Mac OS X Safari; everything does not work on Edge and iOS Safari.
We encourage readers to view the source code (Ctrl/Command + U) in order to read the artists’ statements as well as the code itself. Be creative when exploring the pieces; some of them are interactive, which you can discover through experimentation or by reading the source code. We invite remixes of published Taper works in future issues.
Submissions for Issue #6
All are welcome to submit for possible publication in future issues, but please see the information about our reading periods and the specific calls for each issue. We plan for the information about each N+1th issue to be included with the release of the Nth issue.
Taper #6 invites submissions in response to the theme A Throw of the Dice. The title is inspired by Stéphane Mallarmé’s 1897 poem “Un coup de dés jamais n’abolirá le hasard” (“A Throw of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance”) and we encourage submissions that play on its themes or visual style. We also seek submissions that address randomness, uncertainty, chance, dice used in games, and other perceptions of the number 6—works that take this opportunity to reflect on the notion of a sixth sense, premonitions, predictions, using dice for divination, and meditations on luck, cheating (i.e. loaded dice), and fairness. Alternatively, works could address abstract aspects of the number six, such as its relations to geometrical figures (cubes, hexagons) or poetic forms (iambic hexameter, sestets, sestinas, etc.).
- Download our template in a zipfile so that you can edit it. After you have it and have unzipped it, edit only two parts of the file: the long comment at the top, which will hold your title, your name, and a creative statement from you, and the very end of the file, where your tiny computational poem is to be placed.
- Your entire work (in the form of HTML, including CSS and HTML) must be placed between the template’s closing header tag </header> and the closing body tag </body>, must be valid HTML5, and must be no more than 2KB (2048 bytes).
- Use the W3C validator to validate the page after you finish.
- Submissions should not use any external libraries or APIs, nor link to any external resources, including fonts. This is so that pages will be self-contained following Taper’s vision. It also has the practical purpose of allowing all of Taper work without a network connection, for instance in a gallery setting.
- Please refer to this About page for license terms under which all poems have been and will be released; by submitting to Taper #6, you agree that, if we accept your work, we may release it, copyright by you, under this same short all-permissive license. Since you are submitting the work to us in the provided template, this will be part of your submission.
Submissions for this issue will be accepted until January 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST. Taper #6 will be published in Spring 2021.
We invite submissions from those interested in participating at firstname.lastname@example.org. Simply attach your work in one zip file containing your HTML page files (up to five per author will be considered).
This page and the main page of Taper #5
are offered under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
license so you can copy and share these two pages, and the whole issue,
without modifications. (These pages are mainly informational; we do not
want you to edit the author’s biographies, modify the open call for Taper
, or change the way our authors and editors spell their names, for
instance.) Each poem
is offered individually under a
all-permissive free software license
that appears in a comment at the
top of each poem’s source code. That means you can use any or all of the
poems however you like. You are free to study, modify, and share these
poems, use them as the basis for projects of your own, and share your
modified versions, among other things.